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4.2
378 Reviews (378)
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144
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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1 Stars
13
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.3
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.9
89.5%
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340 out of 378 reviews
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4.2
32 Reviews (32)
5 Stars
16
4 Stars
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Conditions
3.9
Value
4.3
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.5
87.5%
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4.1
35 Reviews (35)
5 Stars
16
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
3.8
Value
4.2
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.3
85.7%
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About

Holes 18
Type Semi-Private
Par 72
Length 6680 yards
Slope 131
Rating 73.2

Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane is situated in the quiet town of Woodbridge, just 20 minutes from New Haven. Formerly known as Oak Lane County Club, the course was both renamed and renovated when it was acquired by the management team at The Tradition Golf Club at Wallingford. Many of the holes were updated but the golf course retained its challenging but playable nature. Though the course is player friendly enough to appeal to players of all skill levels, there are still several challenges in store. Numerous strategically placed bunkers lurk along the greens and towering trees also frame most of the holes. The holes are mostly straightforward with a few tricky doglegs to keep you on your toes. You'll also be confronted with the occasional water hole. Both your accuracy and short-game skills will be tested at Tradition Golf Club at Oak Lane.

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Course Details

Year Built 1961
Golf Season April - October
Architect Geoffrey Cornish (1961)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

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Reviews

4.2
378 Reviews (378)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 22
Watching the Game 9
Dinner 7
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 34
Undulating Greens 27
Water Hazards 24
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 32
Locals 29
Entertaining Clients 16
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 28
Worth the Drive 25
Convenient to the City 21

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Not a good tradition

First and last time playing here. Some of the worst bunkers i have ever seen. Whether it’s the “sand” that’s basically small pebbles or being able to have the option to putt out of most (including greenside) if you wanted. Greens were very fast which was probably the only nice feature, otherwise it was overall a very unimpressive course.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Excellent condition

The course is in great shape and It was fun and challenging round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course, challenging holes, friendly helpful staff.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Best Greens in State!

Greens were the best I played all year. Played at 11am on Saturday and finished in 4 hrs 10 minutes with a full course in front of me. Ranger was great, he sped up a group in front of me and we flew around the course!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Tom & Jake

The course is in beautiful shape, lush and extremely well maintained.
Greens are too fast for the average player which causes slow play
We finished 6 holes ahead of the next group.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

guru

the pins were cut in ridiculous places num 4 in particular. un playable number 10 again unplayable . cut the pins on downslopes that fed off the green 3 times . i like it hard but unfair and ruined everyones day

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun Track

We had a great day, course staff are great, very welcoming and to get you all set up. Very good convenient practice areas with putting greens, chipping and driving range. The course layout is good with fair but difficult green (nice and fast). I would recommend to anyone.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Needs some TLC

I really wanted to like this course but we will not be
coming back. I liked the front nine but holes 12 through 16 are pretty beat up. The sand traps are horrendous.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Best public course in CT!

Oak lane is the best public course in the state. They have the best staff, best greens and work the hardest I’ve seen to keep play moving out there. If you haven’t played, check it out

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Testing skill play in quiet and natural environment

I was surprised to find such a nice course within 15 minutes driving distance from New Haven. The course is as described “holes are mostly straightforward with a few tricky doglegs...confronted with the occasional water hole.” It has wide fairways and appears deceptively straightforward, yet it tests accuracy in long drives and short-game skills. The greens are fast and you are advised to place the ball before rather than after the pin for putting ease. It is a pleasure to play amidst nature setting with melodious call of different birds. The carts are equipped gps so the screen display distances accurately. The staff is very friendly and helpful with refreshments being served on the course. Overall it is worth many visits.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Nice course

Great deal. Fair but challenging course. Very fast greens with lots of slope.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Great Day of Golf

Very nice course. Driving range and practice area was also nice. Greens were very fast which made it hard for the average player.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Early Spring conditions in Late Spring

I play this course fairly regularly, so I am very familiar generally with the course conditions over the years. Traditions at Oak Lane is usually in excellent condition; however, because of the above average rain this Spring 2019, the grounds crew has not been able to keep the course in great condition. The bunkers had tons of water still in them during my round, the fairways were pretty soaked -- and this definitely reduced my enjoyment . Still, I will give the management another chance to get it right. The price, however, should reflect these conditions -- so paying $55 for a wet, cart path-only round wasn't ideal.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

THe Tradition Club at Oak Lane

Our foursome completed our round in four hours and ten minutes. The pace of play was good. The greens were the best of any course we played this year. The greens rolled like tour greens and the layout is great except for the first hole which is the starting hole and also the toughest to play and took the longest time to play.The fairways were cut down low and the rough was just a little thick. The staff is very friendly and we stopped in the clubhouse for a bite to eat and a drink.The course has nice ammenities which include a grass driving range,large putting green and a chipping and sand trap practice area. There is even a food and beverage cart girl making several rounds while you play. I would recommend this course to other players and our group will be coming back to play it again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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